The 2019 Discretionary Grants Program funding cycle has now ended. Please consider submitting for the 2020 funding cycle.

We will begin reviewing requests for the 2020 Discretionary Grants Program on January 3, 2020.




The Discretionary Grants program was established to fund certain types of small, time-limited projects and activities that are closely related to our mission, but fall outside our competitive grant program areas.  Projects that align well with our Discretionary Grants program typically demonstrate one or more of the following key characteristics:

  • Responds to an emerging issue, current need, or window of opportunity
  • Plans for, pilots, or implements a new or creative approach to better serve groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health
  • Supports the work of smaller organizations that may have limited capacity to apply for other types of MeHAF funding

Program Structure:
Our Discretionary Grants program has a two-stage process and a rolling deadline for submission.  This allows us and our grantees to move quickly to respond to immediate needs and a dynamic and highly changeable environment.  Interested applicants who meet the eligibility requirements below may submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) by clicking the orange “Login” button.  If approved, applicants will be asked to complete a simple, straightforward application. Please note:

  • All projects must focus on groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health
  • Awards are typically around $5,000, but may go up to $10,000 for statewide activities that are highly aligned with our mission
  • Projects must have a clear start and end date and be completed within a 12-month period
  • Projects must have a start date that is no earlier than eight weeks from the date of submission of the letter of inquiry
  • Discretionary grant recipients will be asked to schedule a debrief call with the Program Officer upon completion of the project and submission of a brief narrative and financial report

Questions? Review our FAQs or contact Program Officer Frank Martinez Nocito.


The following characteristics describe eligible organizations:

  • 501(c)(3), local, state, or tribal government entity or educational institution
  • In compliance with MeHAF’s nondiscrimination policy
  • Have not received a discretionary grant in the current calendar year

The following projects are not eligible for funding:

  • General operating support or “gap” funding
  • Direct care costs
  • Public awareness campaigns focused on a specific disease or health condition
  • Fundraising efforts
  • Capital expenditures
  • Academic or graduate research
  • Grants or scholarships to individuals

Frank Martinez Nocito

Frank Martinez Nocito, Program Officer
Email Frank
207.620.8266. x116